Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have seen recommendations of social distancing, nationwide closures of schools and local businesses, and even national lockdowns of entire cities in the headlines. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we are likely to see further precautions taken to prevent spreading the virus, including major lifestyle and behavior changes. As part of this effort, we are likely to see more and more organizations transition to remote working environments in order to ensure the health and safety of their employees. However, this poses a larger question. What does this mean for the online security of those businesses?
Larger corporations, such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google, all have the proper resources and security infrastructure in place to protect their valuable online assets and communications, but what about small to medium-sized businesses?
The rapid spread of COVID-19 is without a doubt putting remote work to the test! Those smaller organizations who don’t have work from home policies already in place are feeling a major impact. As more and more businesses face the imminent need to implement remote working opportunities for employees, we will discuss our top three tips to help make this transition smooth, as well as secure.
Top 3 online security tips for remote workers
- Use a VPN to Protect Online Communications
While working remotely, using the right tools to ensure you are communicating effectively as an organization will be critical. Instant messages, emails, and video meetings through company-issued laptops and mobile phones will be the beacons of communication during this time. With this new mobility, organizations should make it a requirement for all employees to use a virtual private network (VPN) on their work devices, ensuring company assets and communications are secure.
A VPN will encrypt an internet connection and ensure employees can safely browse the internet, which protects the organizations from man-in-the-middle attacks. Cybercriminals can intercept your browsing data to steal personal identifiable information (PII), such as name, address, email, phone numbers, and even login credentials.
With the influx of remote workers — organizations must remind employees that they should never use an unsecured wi-fi connection to work. Working on an unsecured network can lead to number of security risks, such as a ransomware attack. All an attacker has to do is gain access to the same wi-fi connection to access proprietary company information or, worse, an employee’s company login credentials. – Read more
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